Game 116 WPA: Well written. Nats 8, FF 5

Good things happen when you least expect them sometimes. - Greg Fiume

So many good things happen when you let go of your expectations.

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Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

  • Been stronger: Taylor Jordan (-22.3%) struggles around one bad inning with some elevated pitches and bad BABIP, fanning 3 and walking 1 over 5 IP and giving up 4 ER.
  • WinnerwinnerWINNAR: Tanner Roark (+8.4%) picks up a shutdown and a win in relief, getting six straight outs in the 6th and 7th.
  • On a bit of a tear: Jayson Werth (+41.7%) puts the team on his back and sprints around the bases, going 3-5 with 3 R and 3 RBI, included a two-out, two-run, go-ahead dinger just inside the LF foul pole in the 7th for his 1,000th hit (+34.2%).
  • It's your birthday: Wilson Ramos (+6.6%) is 2-4 with an RBI single to get the Nats within one in 6th (+13.6%).  We'll forget about that play at the plate.
  • And he WALKS: Ian Desmond (+9.2%) is 2-3 with a double and a walk.
  • Clown run, bro: Steve Lombardozzi (+14.2%) is 0-1 with a PH walk (+7.8%), advancing to second a sac, stealing third (+6.9%) and scoring the tying when Bryce Harper (-0.9%) pops up a bunt, and it drops (+4.6%).  There's so much wrong in the italicized part I just don't know what to say.

On losing your expectations

When it looked bad for the Nats in the first part of the game, I found myself still enjoying the game, not being angry like so many frustrating games before.  I rediscovered the joy of watching baseball, which I'd managed to forget in all the expectations of this season.  It made the comeback all that much better.  I've been saving this one, but I feel like it's time.  We're back on track, no matter how the season ends.


Also, Fish beat teh Barves tonight on a WP.  Not that it matters--just enjoy the mental picture.

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